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Real World Geneseo

XRLN 201 (also known as Real World Geneseo), now in its 13th year, was approved by College Senate as Geneseo's first "Extreme Learning" course. This high-impact learning experience, offered every Spring semester, builds a strong foundation for cultural competency within and beyond the Geneseo community.

The 2-credit course, primarily for sophomores and juniors, includes:

3 1/2 day intensive off-campus retreat
(at no cost to students)

Real World Geneseo class

Weekly academic seminar
(In 2022, will be held Thursdays, 4:00-4:50 pm).

Real World Geneseo students listen to a talk

Civic Engagement Project
(designed and implemented by students)

Real World Geneseo service learning

The retreat is facilitated by Geneseo faculty and staff. Students explore issues related to power, privilege, social class, gender, ethnicity & race, sexual orientation, religious differences, age, and physical/mental ability. Workshops, exercises, presentations, and discussions allow participants to examine how these issues affect both their academic and co-curricular lives on campus and beyond, and to explore their own values and beliefs.

In 2022, the retreat will be held January 20-23. There is no cost to participants. The 2022 retreat will be held virtually on zoom.

Questions? Contact Charlotte Wade at

Registration is now open for XLRN 201 in Spring 2021:

1.  Student must be available for the seminar,  Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.- 4:50 p.m.

2.  Student must be available to attend the retreat prior to the official start of the Spring semester. Students must provide their own transportation to the hotel in Rochester on January 20th.

3. Complete the application form for the course 

4. Once accepted, students will be added to the course.